Medical tourism is a sunrise industry in many countries round the world, including India. Rising costs of health care in native countries, lack of insurance cover and increasing inflation has caused many people from seeking medical care in overseas countries at much economical rates.
India is one such popular destination for medical tourists from countries like US, UK and Australia as well as neighbouring countries like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan and China. The best part is that though the cost of medical care in India is low, it offers world class hospitals and medical facilities as well as the services of highly qualified doctors and nursing staff.
Medical tourism combines health care with tourism. Cheap cost of travel, accommodation and medical care help in patients to avail of cost effective, high quality care along with recuperation in exotic locales. Thus health tourism in India creates lots of jobs in the country and encourages growth of the economy. This sector is poised to become a billion dollar industry in the near future.
- The best part about medical tourism in India is the cost effective value of care. Low cost of care does not imply poor quality of facilities and services. World class services and facilities are provided by Indian hospitals. Cost of medical care in India is rock bottom in comparison to that overseas. For e.g. a heart surgery which costs $140,000 in the US costs only $7000 in India. This low costs is also supplemented by savings in first class hospital accommodation, cheap travel facilities and low cost of holidaying in India after treatment.
- No waiting lines: The abundance of specialty and super specialty hospitals in India imply zero waiting line for even major procedures. Doctors who are not burdened with excessive number of patients are able to devote much more time for personal care for patients from all over the world. Long waiting lines for medical care is a common feature in advanced countries.
- Latest technology: Indian hospitals feature the best of equipment of latest technology, ranging from diagnostic services to robotics surgery.
- Highly trained medical staff: Indian doctors are some of the best trained in the world with many having been educated in advance countries and with international certifications. Another advantage is that almost all are English speaking, thus being capable of handling foreign patients. Many doctors trained abroad are returning to India as the country is becoming modern and developed in a gradual way.
- High standards of health care: there are many hospitals with JCI accreditation which ensures that quality of medical care is on par with US standards. In addition, there is Indian accreditation like NABH (National Accreditation Board for Hospitals) which is part of the Quality Council of India. It has been set up to ascertain quality standards of Indian hospitals and health care centers.
- No barrier in language: English is an official language of the country. Doctors, nursing staff, paramedics and nutritionist all speak the language. Also for touring the country, English is widely spoken in the country.
- Relaxed visa rules: The government is easing visa rules for medical visas. Visa on arrival is available for nationals of select countries.
- Low cost medicines: India has one of the biggest pharmaceutical industries in the world. Cheap generic medicines are easily available in the country.
- Alternative medicine: Other systems of medicine like Yoga, Ayurveda, Naturopathy, Homeopathy, Reiki etc attract many patients from around the world.
These are some advantages of medical tourism of India.